Bali prosecutors have rejected claims their indictment for a New Zealander charged with drug smuggling should be annulled before his trial begins.

Lawyers for Antony de Malmanche have found various faults with the indictment for the 52-year-old, who was arrested on arrival in Bali on December 1 with 1.7kg of crystal meth.

They say he wasn't told his rights to a lawyer via a translator, as is the law, making the basis of the prosecution case invalid.

De Malmanche could face the death penalty for smuggling the drugs, which he says he was unaware he was carrying.

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However, prosecutors say the trial must go on.

The chief judge has retired to consider both sides and would make a decision on whether the trial would proceed next Tuesday.